Wozzeck directed by Andy Sommer (Russia, 2010, 100 min.). From its premiere in 1925, Alban Berg’s opera, Wozzeck, was the first truly avant-garde opera of the 20th century widely accepted into mainstream operatic repertoire. Produced extensively throughout Europe, especially in Germany and Austria until it was banned by the Nazis for its anti-militarism and social commentary, it quickly reached Soviet Russia. Premiering in Leningrad in 1927, its gritty libretto of exploitation and murder fit well into narratives of corrupt capitalism. In the Bolshoi’s new production, director and stage designer Dmitri Tcherniakov’s film noir staging brings the production into a modern-day context while preserving the raw power of the original. Conductor Theodor Currenzis leads the Bolshoi orchestra and an outstanding cast that includes the Austrian baritone Georg Nigl as Wozzeck and American soprano Mardi Byers as Maria in a brilliant performance. In German with English subtitles.
Introduction and Q&A with Professor Joseph Auner, Chair of the Music Department at Tufts University and a specialist on Viennese music, and Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. Presented in partnership with Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Bel Air Media.